Amazon is trying to push a voter initiative in California that would prevent the state from collecting sales tax on Internet purchases. The company fears that California’s new laws to collect Internet retail tax will be adopted by other states. Internet retailers could bring the state around $200 million in revenue this year alone. In other news, streaming music service Spotify officially launched in the U.S. You can currently request an invitation for limited ad-supported streaming or pay for one of the monthly subscription plans. $4.99 a month gives you ad-free unlimited streaming and $9.99 allows you to stream your playlists on mobile devices, even when offline. And finally, the U.S. military announced that it would provide cyber-protection for key institutions and utility companies. The National Security Agency will provide intelligence and help eliminate malicious threats. It’s still uncertain how exactly the government plans on monitoring the networks.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 15, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).